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Urban Living

Priority pick: The Moreland set to make its mark

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Urban Melbourne and Apartment Register present the first public opportunity for buyers to secure a prime apartment within The Moreland, a newly launched project located in the on-trend inner northern suburb of Brunswick West. Designed by local firm Peter Brown Architects, The Moreland will hold 52 dwellings with a variety of one and two bedroom apartment configurations available. Register now With ample sized apartments in mind The Moreland is...

Banco Group announce release of Smith&Co's final apartments

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Following the successful launch of Smith&Co. on Urban Melbourne during mid August, Banco Group are today announcing the final release of their exclusive top floor apartments. In a matter of months Smith&Co.'s apartments have almost sold out with Jake Eisen, Banco Group's lead sales agent for Smith&Co. stating "We are excited to announce the limited release of large 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. This top floor release by Smith &...

Smith&Co. - understanding the past in creating the future

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In designing Smith&Co. the site and Collingwood at large were taken into consideration, in order to accurately deliver a development which seamlessly blends with and complements its surrounds. “Researching and understanding the history of the site laid the foundation for Smith&Co.’s architecture and building fabric,” says Chris Manton of JAM Architects. “The heights, scale and composition along Smith&Co.’s Smith Street facade is...

Cremorne, home to 381 Cremorne Apartments

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Established during the mid 19th century, Cremorne has maintained a varied history with the suburb progressively building an industrial reputation in turn yielding significant Melbourne landmarks such as Dimmeys and Rosella in the process. As Melburnians rediscovered their desire for inner city living during the 1990's, Cremorne was thrust into the spotlight as a highly desirable locale to work and live. 381 Cremorne - an Urban Melbourne Video...

Urban Development & Design

Trilby Apartments a reflection of its target market

Not another apartment development on Smith Street ? Well, no, Trilby is not like any other in certain regards with the team at SPEC Property going to great lengths in order to tailor the development toward the owner-occupier market. Urban Melbourne visited the display at 410 Smith Street Collingwood in recent days following SPEC Property's latest residential release. The broad-ranging discussion encompassed topics such as the shifting dynamics...

The top 15 architecture practices referenced on the Urban Melbourne Project Database

Architects. They're the glue in the development process: interpreting, balancing and binding the various capitalist, creative and regulatory inclinations, goals and motivations. This special role that architects play ensures there's quite a lot of them if a city is pivoting toward a medium and high density development future like Melbourne is. Our project database has over 200 different firms that are linked to at least one project. The...

DKO's Koos de Keijzer talks Huntingdale

Following on from our piece on Sterling Global's plans for its Huntingdale site , comes our chat with DKO Architecture's regarding the firm's work on the masterplanning of the project in addition to their experiences working on similar projects throughout Melbourne. Quite often the simple solution is to deliver a gated, homogeneous housing estate with no connection with the greater community of which it should form a part. Projects such as...

Poised and primed: key developments gain approval

The past fortnight has brought a number of high profile approvals which have been placed firmly in the public eye, but what of the lesser known planning applications that have been given or are poised to receive the green? 85-93 Lorimer Street, 1 Warde Street and Avant at 54-64 A'Beckett street have all had their time in the sun owing to their sizeable nature, with the three projects combining to add as many as 1,780 apartments to the Melbourne...

Urban Industry

UDIA Forum - Apartment Design and Affordable Housing

Guidelines and standards for apartment design are being debated rigorously in the planning industry with the release in May by the State Government of the Better Apartments discussion paper. A panel of four industry experts engaged in a lively debate at a UDIA forum on July 9th. Christine Wyatt, Deputy Secretary of DELWP, introduced the topic and gave a brief overview of the process thus far. She encouraged everyone to get involved in the...

Three assumptions limiting Australian aged care design

The currently ingrained ‘business as usual’ approach to retirement living and residential aged care requires radical transformation to suit Australia’s ageing population. Approximately 12 per cent of Australia’s population are over the age of 65, a statistic that’s expected to increase to 16 per cent by 2030. The next generation of retirees - the baby boomers - are expected to be the wealthiest cohort of retirees the nation has seen yet. These...

Beller's 2015 Commercial Retail Research results are in

Beller Commercial recently completed their annual Commercial Retail Research, a matrix of Melbourne’s notable shopping strips which judges their performance over the last year. A unique initiative spearheaded by Beller Commercial Director, Fred Nucara, the Commercial Retail Research report is a detailed run down of the fluctuating fortunes of Melbourne’s famously fickle retail high streets and their performance. The information in the report is...

Victoria's Push for Better Apartments (Part 2)

Victoria is currently undergoing a substantial consultation process targeted at improving the design quality of apartments being built across the state. Part 1 of this post discussed the main aspects of the Better Apartments discussion paper released by the state government. Part 2 of this discussion will focus on why the state government should step in to guide the future development of apartments. Many commentators on this subject are fiercely...

Visual Melbourne

Light projection by Victor Holder.

Thornbury and Preston light up for the Darebin Projection Festival

The junction marking Thornbury and Preston is set to light up this evening, celebrating a significant development set to happen in the area. A joint partnership between Creative Suburbs and the Darebin City Council, the festival is aimed to light up the area and switch on the minds of residents and visitors alike. Light projection by Victor Holder at Rainbow Serpent Festival 2015. On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June from 6-11pm, the Thornbury...

Where else but Footscray!

Urban Melbourne has contributed many an article toward the seismic shift occuring within Footscray, there's a raft of large-scale apartment developments in the pipeline set to transform the area over the next decade. No less than 21 current apartment project listings for postcode 3011 are in the Urban Melbourne project database, with the sum of 4,900 plus apartments a distinct possibility. Even the likes of local stalwart Franco Cozzo has sought...

Past 2 Present: a snapshot of Melbourne's history

Such a simple idea that provides such an incisive look at Melbourne's history. Today's article is a shout-out to the increasing popular Past 2 Present which provides an impressive glimpse into Melbourne's past by comparing it to the present. Covering metropolitan Melbourne, Past 2 Present generates a side by side compilation of dated and current images from the past two centuries. Buildings, significant places, infrastructure and day to day...

Rutledge Lane reaches for the sky

The second installment of the PaintUp! series has recently been completed, gracing Rutledge Lane within Melbourne's CBD. The larger than life mural in an altogether difficult area to spot, is the work of artist DVate and was completed with the help of high access machinery. Best viewed from the adjoining multi-level car park, the work is the result of a City of Melbourne/Hosier Inc initiative which hopes to further activate the Hosier-Rutledge...

Urban Affairs

Six things other cities can learn from Transport for London's success

Complaining about public transport might seem as English as moaning about the weather. And it isn’t very British to shout about success. So what follows might seem odd, but here goes: Transport for London leads the way as an effective transport authority. There, said it. And it does so by building popular and political consensus around the importance and urgency of transport investment. Step by step, the city reliant on Victorian suburban railways and a Georgian underground railway increases its fitness to cater to the demands of a growing 21st-century city.

St. Albans, Blackburn and Mitcham set to see more level crossing removals

The Premier and Minister for Public Transport this morning announced four more level crossing removals had been funded - Main and Furlong Roads in St. Albans, Blackburn Road in Blackburn and Heatherdale Road in Mitcham. "These four level crossings will all be removed by 2018, and are part of our $2-2.4 billion commitment in the 2015-2016 Victorian Budget to remove at least 20 of these congested death traps over four years" the Premier said...

The Northern Light Rail link

For many a year now there's been talk of a rail link to Melbourne Airport with the Albion corridor named as the preferred alignment. While an airport heavy rail link via the preferred corridor would serve the Airport, Sunshine, the city centre and most parts of the metropolitan area in the East and South via a change of trains in the city, it doesn't do much for people living in the north and working at the airport, let alone cater for...

Turning the East West Road Link into a rail link

The words East West Link are now synonymous with the lacklustre freeway project whose first stage was set to connect the Eastern Freeway with the Tullamarine Freeway. It took a state election and new government on Spring Street to expose the project as one propped up by shaky economic benefits. The new State Government has cancelled the contracts for the East West Road Link and conducted a blitzkrieg of announcements relating to public transport...
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Blog: Melburnist's braindump

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 09:16
The Regional Rail Link is now fully operational. Geelong line V/Line trains are now running via the new track and two outer suburban stations have been opened. The Regional Rail Link authority which supervised the construction of the new track has published this timelapse video of the entire length of...

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